Are you familiar with the Rails-to-Trails Project? Rail-trails are multi-purpose public paths created from former railroad corridors. They are located in urban, suburban and rural America. Ideal for many uses, such as bicycling, walking, in-line skating, cross-country skiing, equestrian and wheelchair use, rail-trails are extremely popular as recreation and transportation corridors. Rail-trails also promote wildlife and open space conservation as well as historic preservation. Since the 1960s, almost 11,000 miles of rail-trails have been created across the country. They often stimulate local economies by increasing tourism and promoting local business.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is the key player in this ongoing project. They are the largest trails organization in the country and the only one devoted to converting abandoned railroad lines into multi-use trails. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a non-profit public policy organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters. They manage a program of technical assistance, public education and advocacy. With their help, we can continue to develop a network of trails and greenways throughout America for us all to enjoy. Currently there is over 1100+ rail-trails throughout the USA. Are you familiar with these trails or have you ever used these trails for recreation/transportation?
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